Mayor Henrietta Davis
ICLEI USA Board Member
Mayor and City Councilmember, City of Cambridge, MA
Henrietta Davis is serving her eighth term on the Cambridge City Council and is currently the City’s Mayor. She is the Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee. Ms. Davis is the immediate past Chair of the National League of Cities’ Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Committee. She also serves on the Massachusetts Municipal Association Energy and Environmental Policy Committee.
During her eight Council terms, Henrietta has focused on energy and the environment, non-auto transportation, neighborhood preservation and children’s health. She counts as significant accomplishments the commitment of Cambridge to purchase 20% renewable energy for its municipal needs. Also, Henrietta led the Council to adopt a Green Building policy for all new city buildings.
Vice Mayor Davis is currently heading the Cambridge Silver Ribbon committee to plan for the future of the city’s aging population. She also co-chairs the Healthy Children Task Force, a coalition that received the Innovation in Prevention award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2007 for promoting healthy eating and physical activity.
After earning a degree in social work from Boston College in 1972, Councillor Davis worked as a neighborhood planner for the City of Cambridge and a freelance journalist for National Public Radio, Time Inc. and others. After the birth of her second son in 1982, Henrietta left journalism and became an administrator at the Agassiz Preschool.
In 1987, Henrietta was elected to the Cambridge School Committee. Three more terms followed, during which her proudest accomplishments were science curriculum improvements and AIDS prevention efforts. She was elected to the City Council in 1995.
In 1997, Henrietta graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government earning her Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
During her eight Council terms, Henrietta has focused on energy and the environment, non-auto transportation, neighborhood preservation, bridging the digital divide, children’s health and quality living for seniors. She is proud of the work the city has done on climate protection and energy efficiency. She’s a promoter of the Cambridge Energy Alliance and its goal to have 50% of all buildings in the city become energy efficient. She counts as significant recent accomplishments the commitment of Cambridge to purchase 20% renewable energy for its municipal needs. Henrietta led the Council to adopt a green building policy for all new city buildings and an ordinance to protect trees at development sites. Henrietta is proud to say that Cambridge was the #1 walking city in the U.S. in 2008 according to Prevention Magazine.
Currently, Henrietta is chair of the Environment Committee and the Cable TV, Telecommunications and Public Utilities Committee; she was also the long time chair of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Committee.
She served last year as Chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Steering Committee on Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources. In September 2010, Henrietta was appointed to the U.S. Board of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)- Local Governments for Sustainability.
Henrietta Davis is married to Richard Bock and has two sons, Daniel, 31, and Aaron, 29, both graduates of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Her vision for Cambridge’s future focuses on Cambridge as a national environmental model, safety for pedestrians and bikers, protecting neighborhood interests, maintaining Cambridge’s unique feel, and promoting the city’s diversity. Her hobbies include kayaking, canoeing, and watercolor painting.